If you look at any map of central Tokyo, you'll see that Shinjuku Gyoen is one big blotch of green. This huge urban oasis delights you with something blooming every month, especially the cherry blossoms in late March to early April. Open 9 am to 4 pm, closed Mon. except in late March till April 24 and Nov. 1-15 when it is open every day. Admission 200 yen for adults.
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The 37th Kagurazaka Awa Odori Dance was held during July 25-26, 2008 from 7 pm to 9 pm. These pictures were taken on the 25th. About 15 dance troupes danced along the main Kagurazaka-dori road. The dance is actually the climax of the annual Kagurazaka Matsuri Festival. Also see my YouTube video here.
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In late July, the east side of Shinjuku Station becomes like Okinawa for a day with many Okinawans performing the Eisa taiko drumming dance which is like a Bon dance. Photos were taken on July 30, 2005. Also see the video at YouTube.
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